Prof. G. Steinberg
Focus on the following in your response paper:
How do the poems of Wyatt and Surrey differ from earlier lyric poetry? Think about form (rhyme, line length, stanza shape), imagery, style (syntax, vocabulary, etc.), and content. What seems to be the purpose of a poem by Wyatt or Surrey? Did Middle English lyrics have the same purpose? How do Wyatt and Surrey portray women? Did Middle English lyrics portray women the same way? How do Wyatt and Surrey use form? Did Middle English lyrics use form the same way? What images do Wyatt and Surrey typically use in their poems, and how do they use them? How do Middle English lyrics compare in terms of imagery? Wyatt and Surrey are early Renaissance figures. What seems to characterize writing in the Renaissance (in contrast to that of the Middle Ages)?
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